50km Los Escullos – El Alquian

Camping by Almeria airportA short day for us, but by no means an easy one! We could have taken the relatively flat and shorter path to the city of Almeria, but instead we chose the beautiful but challenging road along the coast. Starting with a hilly few kilometers into the town of San Jose, where we stocked up on food, then along a dirt road past beaches and grazing goats and finally a hike straight up a mountain, where we more often walked and dragged our bikes than rode them. The reward came after lunch as we descended a steep paved road into the town of Cabo de Gata, although not before climbing one last hill with a 10 percent grade, our second in as many days. Of course all this took a toll on our overall distance, and we found ourselves just outside the city of Almeria by the late afternoon. On our way in, we came across a fellow touring cyclist and stopped to chat. Rolf, a German, has been travelling around Spain for the last few years, covering some 15,000km and living by playing his guitar in town centres. He is a bit of an expert on the area, and recommended a large undeveloped patch of land between Almeria’s airport and the beach as a good place to wild camp, so we took his advice and spent a quiet hour or so reading, before putting up our tent amongst the brush near the beach.


  1. andrew
    14th January 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    Los Escullos to Pozo de los Frailes ALP826 – A short but good climb up and out of the campsite to the junction with the ALP202.

    Pozo de los Frailes to San Jose ALP202 – A quiet road into the town of San Jose, where you can stock up on food at one of the two supermarkets (more expensive than bigger centres though) as well as eat at one of the many restaurants.

    San Jose to Cabo de Gata (via the coast) – Starts out as a dirt road which can be slightly hard to navigate but is flat until you go past the beaches of los Genoveses and Monsul. After that, the road climbs sharply to two transmission towers and on loaded touring bikes you will probably end up walking most of this! After the towers are reached, you down downhill on a paved road, then up again at a 10% grade and finally down again into the town of Cabo de Gata, where you will find some services.

    Cabo de Gata to El Alquian ALP202 – A busy road as cars zip by going into the city of Almeria. Little shoulder for much of it. Good wild camping potential opposite the Almeria airport and lots of services in the town of El Alquian.

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